brandonjohnsonBrandon Johnson began his career in teaching as a middle school Social Studies and Reading teacher at Jenner Academy in Cabrini-Green. He has also taught Social Studies at Westinghouse High School.

Teaching in the Chicago Public School system, Brandon has witnessed firsthand the struggles that poor Black and Brown students face on a daily basis and how teachers and school staff were getting burned out by these circumstances. Challenged by this reality, Brandon joined the Chicago Teachers Union’s (CTU) organizing department, taking on corporate interests and powerful forces that oppose publicly funded neighborhood schools and the rights of workers. Brandon currently serves as the Deputy Political Director for the CTU, were he organizes community members and CTU members to demand progressive representation and researched based legislation at the city and state levels. He continues to organize protests alongside teachers, students, and communities across Chicago to demand that all children get a quality education regardless of their race or economic background. He led the effort that resurrected the Black Caucus of the CTU and resides on the Westside of Chicago with his wife Stacie, two sons Owen and Ethan and daughter Braedyn.